India can be free of corruption: PM Modi

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday that “India can be free of corruption but we have to start from the top.” Battling corruption will “need lots of measures”, the Prime Minister said in his Independence Day speech from the Red Fort. There has not been a single allegation of even a corruption of one rupee in last 15 months against my government, the PM said. “Some people like to remain in ‘nirasha’. And they are not satisfied till they have spoken about it to other people,” he said. Modi said if the unity of India is destroyed, then the “dreams” of the people will also be shattered as the country looking forward to development and progress. Talking about the issue of corruption which he described as “termite”, the Prime Minister vowed to free the country from this evil “braving all kinds of attacks” on him as he asserted that there is not an allegation of even Re one corruption against his 15-month-old government. “There is a lot of talk in our country about corruption. It is like a sick person giving suggestions to others on how to remain healthy, there are people who are themselves corrupt, who give suggestions on how to deal with corruption,” he said. “Giving suggestions to each other is also an art. I want to give an account today…We have not shown our commitment to fight corruption by addressing press conferences. We are working on the ground. We have shown results,” he said. He said the “termite” had spread but nobody took any action against it over the last 60 years. “There is a requirement of applying injection per square metre for a long time to deal with this termite,” Modi said. Responding to criticism, he said, “Some people love to spread pessimism. It is like an addiction. They cannot get sleep without it. For them, there is no meaning for programmes and initiatives. They keep on saying that nothing is happening, nothing is visible.” Mentioning the new Act made on black money, he said people have been complaining that it is “too tough” a law. “We have received messages that the law is too tough and it should be diluted,” he said, without naming anybody. Likening it to treating a serious ailment which requires administering strong medicines, he said, “there can be side-effects but the ailment has to be cured.”

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